Posted by: old_user on Sep-26-07 10:27 AM (EST)
Good to always remind folks of hypothermia...careful though to be too vague.."HOT" beverage and "HOT" compresses are not recommended, "WARM" beverage and heat packs are, I believe, the preferred instruction. The beverage can/should be slightly sweetened as well. Also, never force liquids to someone unconscious - pretty obvious but worth stating. Lastly , a good way to monitor group for hypothermia is to fall in behind them (paddling,hiking, whatever) and note any irregularity in stroke, stride, etc. that may be first signs of hypo'.
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Posted by: jerrykappel on Sep-26-07 3:35 PM (EST)
It does not take cold weather to cause hypothermia. I saw someone start into hypothermia in mid-summer on the Nantahala River in North Carolina. The Nanty is a bottom of the dam release river, the water is cold, and the river is in a gorge (hence the name, Land of the Noonday Sun!) Wearing cotton, the individual was only in the water a few minutes, but was shaking and turning blue in that little time. I never wear cotton on the water. I tend to dress warmer, and in cold water, no matter the outside temperature, wear fuzzy rubber shorts or pants and often my neoprene vest over a capilene shirt. I would rather sweat than get chilled and ruin my paddling day.